Crosby Wetland Management District is one of 11 Wetland Management Districts in North Dakota. The Crosby Wetland Management District includes Lake Zahl National Wildlife Refuge, over 90 Waterfowl Production Areas, and numerous wetland and grassland conservation easements.

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Visit us Monday-Friday, 7am to 4:30pm. We have a small office with a small learning display; however, we enjoy visiting with people that stop by.

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      About Us

      The prairies of northwest North Dakota are home to an abundance of wildlife. The Crosby Wetland Management District lies within the Prairie Pothole Region, otherwise known as the “Duck Factory of North America". A vast expanse of grassland dotted with numerous small wetlands creates a highly productive area for waterfowl production. Despite the widespread land conversion, approximately 50 percent of North America’s breeding waterfowl population is still produced within the Prairie Pothole Region. Areas throughout the Wetland Management District are also deemed critical habitat for the threatened piping plover. The Wetland Management District was established primarily to protect this waterfowl breeding and nesting habitat.

      What We Do

      Wildlife conservation is at the heart of the National Wildlife Refuge System. It drives everything on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands and waters managed within the Refuge System, from the purposes for which an area is established to the recreational activities offered to the resource management tools used. Using conservation best practices, the Refuge System manages Service lands and waters to help ensure the survival of native wildlife species. 

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      In the United States, the Prairie Pothole Region is located within the northern Great Plains in parts of Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Characterized by thousands of shallow, glacially formed wetlands known as potholes, the Prairie Pothole Region provides habitat for...

      In the United States, the Prairie Pothole Region is located within the northern Great Plains in parts of Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Characterized by thousands of shallow wetlands known as potholes, the Prairie Pothole Region provides habitat for globally...